Florence Hawley Ellis Museum of Anthropology

Florence Hawley Ellis Museum of Anthropology

 Florence Hawley Ellis Museum of Anthropology

When possible, an advanced purchase of a Day Pass is preferred to visit Ghost Ranch and the Museums. This helps you get to having fun right away rather than having to wait in line at the Trading Post.  

Please click here to purchase or pay at the Welcome Center before coming to the museums.

The Museum is named for the late Dr. Florence Hawley Ellis, long-time professor of anthropology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Dr. Ellis was one of the first women to receive a PhD in anthropology from the University of Chicago, in 1934. She initiated and led Ghost Ranch archaeology excavations from 1971 until 1990. Excavations continue today on two sites located on Ghost Ranch property. Education seminar classes in anthropology are available during the summer.

What You Will See: The Florence Hawley Ellis Museum at Ghost Ranch displays many of the artifacts discovered by Dr. Ellis and her teams. These items date from Paleo-Indian culture, 10,000 years ago; through ancestral Puebloan times; to modern pottery and weavings. 

One exhibit at the Ellis Museum is based on a book, Ladies of the Canyon, written by local author Lesley Poling-Kempes (available for purchase at the Trading Post). In her book, Poling-Kempes describes the lives of women who came to this area in the early part of the 20th century; one of whom, Carol Bishop Stanley, started Ghost Ranch in 1928 as a dude ranch. 

Also on exhibit is the work of Max Roybal, a sixth generation Santero or “saint maker”.  These lovely wooden carvings represent religious folk art that is unique to Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.


Schedule: Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon and from 1:00 pm to 4:00 p.m.; Sundays open from 1:00 pm to 4:00 p.m.; Closed on Mondays.

Cost:  The Day Pass fee of $10.00 per adult over 18, grants guests access to both Museums, the labyrinth, and all Ghost Ranch hiking trails. Please check-in at the Welcome Center before visiting the Museums. At this time, mask use indoors is optional. Please refrain from visiting if you have any flu symptoms.

School Outreach

Schools from across the region visit the Ghost Ranch anthropology and paleontology museums on field trips. Students have the opportunity to learn about local cultures as well as having the chance to hike to paleontological sites found on Ghost Ranch. To arrange an outing for your school group, call Ghost Ranch at 505.685.1006.

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280 Private Drive 1708 Abiquiu, NM 87510


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